Service Alberta recently put a halt to the regulation changes that were to be implemented under Phase II of the Condominium Property Amendment Act, citing that the changes would create too much red tape and cause an unnecessary burden to Alberta condo residents. Minister of Service Alberta, Nate Glubish, released a statement August 8th directing all Real Estate Council of Alberta (RECA) proposed policies, bylaws or regulatory changes to first pass through his office for review and approval.
Alberta has been working towards the Condominium Property Amendment Act for the past five years, with Phase II scheduled for implementation in July of this year. With intentions to modernize legislation, more than 50 amendments were previously approved to help protect owners and increase effectiveness for condo boards. However, in response to stakeholder backlash to the regulations, the current government has paused Phase II to ensure that Albertans are heard and protected.
“Our government has a mandate to cut red tape that creates unnecessary burdens for Albertans in their personal and business lives, and we are working hard to make sure Alberta is open for business and free of unwarranted red tape.”
Minister of Service, Nate Glubish on August 8, 2019
Between July 2019 and January 2020, the government plans to meet with key stakeholders to determine if the regulation changes imposed by the amendment act constitute “an excessive administrative burden or challenge for condo boards, owners, and corporation involved in the condominium industry.” The regulations are anticipated to come into effect January 1, 2020, after stakeholder feedback can be taken into consideration.
To read more about the Amendment Act and it’s three phases, see our previous blog post here.
Please see this press release from Service Alberta for more information: Statement from Minister